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VA child killed when hit by car backing up from condo parking spot
  • novasteve July 22, 2013 - 11:35 am #80761 Reply



    Any views since this could take place here in Arlington as well? Should the drive have been more carful or should parents not have allowed their kids to play in the streets like the HOA sent them letters not to do? Not sure what kind of vehicle it was, but say it was some massive SUV rather than a Ford Fiesta? Should cars have visibility when backing up? Or should parents do their jobs and parent?

    Captain_Obvious July 22, 2013 - 11:39 am #80764 Reply

    so are you blaming the parents here ?

    novasteve July 22, 2013 - 11:41 am #80766 Reply

    Probably. Depends on the driver. They parents didn’t obey the HOA letter. Kids shouldn’t be playing in parking lots

    Captain_Obvious July 22, 2013 - 11:45 am #80767 Reply

    ok, kids shouldn’t be playing in parking lots, but sometimes kids do.  Don’t you think the driver should have noticed the kids playing on the way out to his/her car ?  If I saw kids even remotely close to my car, I would pull out extremely slow. (that’s what she said).

    Dezlboy July 22, 2013 - 12:44 pm #80778 Reply

    Always walk around your car before getting in.

    iiandyiiii July 22, 2013 - 12:50 pm #80780 Reply

    Sounds like a preventable tragedy.  But sometimes a driver can do everything right and still hit a small child- for example, if they dart out at the last minute.  I think it’s a good idea to invest in a backup camera- even if I did everything right, it would be very hard to live with the guilt if I accidentally killed a child.

    Sunshine July 22, 2013 - 1:14 pm #80781 Reply

    A few years ago, a boy of about 7 years or so was walking alone behind my car just as I was getting ready to back out. I waited but then I didn’t see him anymore. I looked around, he was not in the street or behind a parked car. I got worried, turned off the engine and got out. He was behind my car on the sidewalk sitting on the ground tying his shoe!! When he saw me, he got up and continued on. I could have backed over this kid! Thank goodness I got out and checked!

    Anonymous July 22, 2013 - 1:30 pm #80786 Reply

    That’s a scary story, Sunshine. Luckily, I could never ever make that kind of mistake ever because I am perfect, so I wouldn’t even bother to check.

    fedworker July 22, 2013 - 1:36 pm #80789 Reply

    Not sure if I understand the premise of NS’s original post.  Are you suggesting that rear view cameras should be standard on all vehicles (for extra visibility)? Or faulting the parents/kids for playing around vehicles in the lot? What if we’re talking about grown ups instead of kids playing in the streets.

    Captain_Obvious July 22, 2013 - 1:45 pm #80797 Reply

    @sansabelt (ARL)…what are you getting at here ?

    Anonymous July 22, 2013 - 1:52 pm #80798 Reply

    fedworker, perhaps for once NS has no premise and is just posing questions for discussion. We’ll see how long that lasts.

    Sunshine July 22, 2013 - 1:57 pm #80799 Reply

    It was very scary. Probably the kid was not really mature enough to be walking to school alone. I mean if he didn’t know enough to not sit down behind a running car with it’s reverse lights on…… Luckily, I had the common sense to stop and check.

    newty25 July 22, 2013 - 2:23 pm #80809 Reply

    C-O, I believe she was getting at Nova’s insistence that a parent is incompetent if they are forgetful and not perfect, like Nova claims to be.

    Dezlboy July 22, 2013 - 2:32 pm #80811 Reply

    @newty25, that’s “nova” with a small “n”.  I guess you’re not pefect!  I mean, I know you’re not perfect.  I know that without a doubt because I am perfect! :-)

    novasteve July 22, 2013 - 2:37 pm #80812 Reply

    Rather than attacking me, what do you feel about the parents letting the kids play in the street despite the HOA warning letters warning them of the risks? Perhaps that kid would be alive if the HOA fined the parents earlier.

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